Artisan Success Story: Zakhele Sono Advocates for Artisanship as a Promising Career Path

Artisan Success Story: Zakhele Sono Advocates for Artisanship as a Promising Career Path

…By Roland Peterson for TDPel Media.

Zakhele Sono, a 36-year-old artisan from Nkomazi in Mpumalanga, firmly believes that becoming an artisan was the best decision he ever made.


He advocates for young people to consider artisanship as a promising career path.

Training and Qualification:

Sono obtained a National Certificate in Engineering and Related Design from the Ehlanzeni Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) College in kaMaqhekeza, Mpumalanga.

The training he received at the college equipped him with the necessary skills to become a qualified Boiler Maker at Afrimat Mining in Mpumalanga.


Boiler makers specialize in fabricating, assembling, installing, and repairing heavy-metal structures such as boilers, vessels, tanks, towers, and heat exchangers.

Vuk Talks: Empowering Youth in Artisanship:

Sono had the opportunity to be one of the speakers at the Vuk Talks, a community engagement event organized by Vuk’uzenzele newspaper.

The event aims to interact with communities, readers, and organizations involved in community development.

The most recent Vuk Talks took place at the Ehlanzeni TVET College.

Emphasizing the Importance of Academic Achievement:

During his talk, Sono highlighted the significance of achieving good grades in high school and college.


He encouraged students not to settle for the minimum pass rate but to strive for higher marks.

By excelling academically, individuals can increase their chances of securing better opportunities, whether through employment or entrepreneurship.

Career Breakthrough and Recognition:

Sono shared how his good academic performance opened doors for him in the job market.

As the President of the School Representative Council (SRC) during his time at the college, he gained recognition from stakeholders.

Through a council member’s referral, Sono was connected to an employer who acknowledged his commitment to achieving excellent grades throughout his studies.


Personal Achievements and Future Aspirations:

Apart from a successful career, Sono has experienced positive transformations in his personal life.

He has been able to build a house for his mother and support his siblings’ education at tertiary institutions.

With his achievements and aspirations in mind, Sono plans to establish his own company in the future.


Zakhele Sono’s story serves as an inspiration for young individuals contemplating their career choices.

His journey highlights the importance of acquiring relevant skills through vocational education, excelling academically, and seizing opportunities for personal and professional growth in the artisanship sector.



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